CHPA approves of retail theft legislation’s passage
WASHINGTON The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Thursday announced its support behind the passage of H.R. 5932, the Organized Retail Theft Investigation and Prosecution Act, signaling that it “provides a good first step toward effectively addressing organized retail crime by establishing a dedicated office within the [U.S.] Department of Justice to work with state and local law enforcement.”
“On behalf of the leading manufacturers of over-the-counter medicines, CHPA continues to support efforts to stem organized retail theft,” the association added. “Theft of medicines poses a public health risk, as adulterated or contaminated medications can be introduced into the consumer market. We hope that the U.S. Senate will take up this important piece of legislation and look forward to working with the retail community, law enforcement and our elected officials to stop the problem of organized retail crime.”
J&J to ship children’s medicine amid House committee hearing
WASHINGTON Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it plans to ship limited quantities of one of its children’s medicines following a nationwide recall.
J&J CEO William Weldon said nearly 1 million bottles of the medicine — which he did not disclose — will be available for release next week. The drug maker met with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Thursday to examine the circumstances surrounding J&J’s recall of more than 135 million bottles of infant and children’s medicines produced by Johnson & Johnson/McNeil Consumer Healthcare, including children’s Tylenol, infant’s Tylenol, children’s Motrin and children’s Benadryl.
On Sept. 16, J&J’s consumer group chair Colleen Goggins said she would retire from her post on March 1, 2011.
Walgreens names SVP pharmaceutical development, market access
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens announced Thursday that Jeffrey Berkowitz, a former SVP at drug maker Merck, has joined the company.
Berkowitz will serve as Walgreens’ SVP pharmaceutical development and market access, responsible for the overall pharmacy contracting strategy for the company, both on the pharmaceutical manufacturing side and on the retail payer side, the drug store chain said. He will report to Walgreens’ pharmacy services president Kermit Crawford.
“As we continue our efforts to transform community pharmacy, Jeff will play a vital role in working with our partners in the pharmaceutical industry, and across the entire healthcare sector, to develop strategies in collaboration with our sales and services organization that will provide better adherence and clinical outcomes for patients,” Crawford said. “In addition, Jeff’s exceptional experience, expertise and track record of growth and success in the pharmaceutical industry will be important to further enhancing our pharmacy, health-and-wellness solutions.”
Prior to joining Walgreens, Berkowitz served as SVP global market access at Merck, part of the Merck global human health leadership team, responsible for all activity related to access, pricing, payer marketing, health outcomes and health technology assessments worldwide.